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FIRST LOOK: Supergirl

Title: Supergirl

Director: Glen Winter

Writer: Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti

Core Cast: Melissa Benoist, Laura Benati, Mehcad Brooks, Robert Gant

Release Date: November 2015

CBS’ first look at its upcoming fall show, Supergirl, was released on May 13th after months of teasing costume posters. The trailer begins with a young Kara Zor-El being sent off to Earth. From there, the audience is taken through a swift progression, showing Kara’s struggle to announce her identity, choose a disguise and adapt to her given name – Supergirl. With comic-book inspired shows becoming a trend, fans of Superman are eagerly awaiting the TV rendition of his cousin and female counterpart. But there’s already one big problem. This “first look” was a shocking six minutes long. I mean, couldn’t CBS have released the full pilot if it was going to give us a quarter of an episode as a glimpse?

With the amount of footage released, CBS is either trying to attract a larger fan base knowing that the show will be mediocre at best, or it’s trying to show off its rendition with the hopes that it will dominate among other comic book inspired shows. Unfortunately, Supergirl is meeting my underwhelming expectations. Hopefully I’m wrong and the network redeems itself in the pilot episode, which better be at least an hour long to make up for the ridiculous “sneak peak.”

I may be biased as a Glee fan, but when I heard that Melissa Benoist was being cast as Supergirl, I was less than thrilled. In Glee, the character Benoist portrays is whiny and predictable. It could be the writers’ fault, rather than the actress herself, but I’m afraid that same portrayal is going to be passed on to our newest heroine. To be fair, I was pleased by the costume depiction CBS teased us with months ago. The colors are bold, but muted enough that the costume doesn’t scream patriotic, Fourth of July. The woman, or rather girl, behind the costume, however, seemed small and weak – more of a young adult romance fantasy than the strong heroic figure most of us are waiting to see.

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Being a fan of Kara’s character on Smallville, I want CBS to give justice to Supergirl’s portrayal. I understand that the network may take its liberties in the way it presents her personality, but I’ve gotten used to Smallville’s stubborn and powerful depiction and I will be sad to see that go to the wayside.

That brings me to my next point. Will this be the next Daredevil or the next Twilight? I’m all for cheesy flight scenes and unveiling the dorky personality behind the headstrong heroic alias, but that preview was a little too focused on growing pains rather than developing a powerful character. Time will only tell if CBS allows Kara to grow into the hero she is meant to be, or if we are in for another teenage drama queen who complains about boys while flying and occasionally rescuing civilians.

I’m also interested to see how much of her lineage is going to be explained in the show. Supergirl’s backstory will be a strong predictor of just how authentic CBS is willing to get with this new show. Will the network seek to please fans of comic books or fan service? With shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Daredevil taking over the TV comic book space, Supergirl has a lot of competition and a lot to live up to.

What did you think of the new trailer? Will the show live up to fans’ expectations? Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

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Liz Dominguez